Garden Forever

A Garden for Everyone


More than 81% of Americans have a garden for cultivating vegetables and plants. Apart from the advantage of being able to raise crops for food, gardening also helps to reduce stress as it provides opportunities for mild exercises. Gardening can easily be started by the disable and elderly even if they have never done it before. To make it easier, the disable and elderly ones can begin with raised beds and containers. Those that live in apartments and small backyards find it excellent to garden with containers and planter gardens.

Planning the garden

Before setting out to plan the garden, it is important to consider the strength of the gardener. This is necessary to avoid preparing more than what the gardener can naturally handle. Gardening is meant to be an interesting activity and sometimes suitable for recreational activities. The planters and garden beds should be prepared to enable easy access. The most appropriate dimensions for a raised bed is as follows:

Wheelchair Semi-Ambulatory Ground
Height 2-2.5 feet 2.5-3 feet 0.5-1 feet
One sided Width 2 feet 2 feet 2 feet
Two sided Width 3-4 feet 4 feet 4 feet
Circle Diameter 3-4 feet 4 feet 4 feet

The width of the raised bed is usually between 2-4 feet while the length should be according to the desire of the gardener. While measuring the length, it should be such that the gardener can work with without being tired. As a result, bed lengths of 10-20 feet are recommended.

The benefits of container, planter and raised bed gardening

Containers and planters can be used to grow plants and flowers in less advantaged areas such as roof tops and porches. Planters and containers are easy to use and they provide great satisfaction. They can be added or removed at will without any logistic preparation. Planters and containers can be used to add beauty to the garden. The height of a planter or container entirely depends on the gardener. They can either be permanently or temporarily fixed. They are also important for their ease in changing soil and improving their soil texture. Since they are mobile, the effect of weather can be controlled on plants and flowers that are grown in them.

Garden requirements

Flowers need about 6 hours of full sun while vegetables will do well with 8-10 hours of sunlight. If the sunlight is minimal, growing shade tolerant plants will be better. Water is also very necessary in the garden especially when planters and containers are used. If possible, an irrigation system should be built for the planters and containers. Fertilizer is another important garden requirement. Fertilizers should be mixed with the soil before transferring into the planters or containers. It is important to make proper mixtures of the fertilizers in the soil. If this is difficult, buying prepared soil from stores is recommended. The gardener also needs organic mulch for the soil to suppress weed growth, prevent water evaporation and provide organic nutrients as it decays. Landscape fabric is also useful to prevent weeds although it does not have any nutritional value for the soil.


The entrance to the garden should not be less than 3 feet wide so that gardeners who require the use of a wheel chair will easily get in. If ramps are made, their slope should not be more than 8% and they must have edges. Drainage can be provided by making porous surfaces with 2% slope. Pathways should be smooth without bricks, bumps or natural grass. Benches, chairs and tables should be placed in a close, shady area to provide needed rest and shade from the sun.


If there is need to work under the sun, hats and sunscreen must be worn. However, it is better to avoid working under the sun if the gardener is not feeling very healthy. It is also very important to take in consideration any presciptions the gardener may be taking to avoid an adverse reaction with the sun.

More information about gardening can be gotten by following the links below:

  • Raised ground beds: These are very simple beds. Their heights are between 6-8 inches.
  • Terracing and retaining walls: These planters make it possible for sloped land areas to be put into use.
  • Deep raised beds: These beds enable good soil structures which are easy to maintain.
  • Elevated beds: These are beds above ground level on tables or chairs.
  • Water features: These are man made ponds for gardening.
  • Containers: These are vessels that can replace the use of land to raise vegetables and crops.
  • Miniature gardening: This is the use of small space or containers to produce vegetables and plants.
  • Window boxes: These are boxes made for growing flowers and herbs outside the house.
  • Planting bags: Planting bags are most especially used in tree planting to prevent havoc caused by wind and other harsh conditions.
  • Hanging baskets: Hanging baskets are planting containers that are hung overhead.
  • Herbs: Some examples of garden herbs include Bee Balm and Marigold.
  • Vegetables: Planting vegetables in garden requires adequate plans. Some of these plans are explained on this site.
  • Strawberries: Strawberries can grow in gardens or containers. This site highlights the necessary factors for good growth.
  • Growing Raspberries: The site includes gardening techniques for the berry.
  • Fruit trees: Fruit trees can be properly grown by following the guidelines enumerated through the links on the web page.
  • Annual flowers VS perennial flowers: The site analysis the pros and cons of planting the two kinds of flowers.
  • Growing annual flowers: This site explains the important tips for growing annual flowers.
  • Perennial flowers: The site lists some important perennial flowers and their requirements for growth.
  • Japanese Garden: The Japanese garden reveals the Japanese culture.
  • English cottage garden: The site describes the procedure for designing the English Cottage Garden.